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Types of Home Extensions

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Side and rear extension on semi detached home

Side and rear extension

When it comes to extending your home there are different options available to you depending on your individual needs and wants. A good home extension should fit in with the current design of your home, add value, provide light and extra space. But with so many options available how do you know which to choose from? Let’s take a look at the different types.


These are usually small extensions to the front of the house providing an extra space for storing shoes, coats, and other outdoor wear. Most porches don’t need any planning permission. Any doors, windows and electrical installations will need to comply with the building regulations.


Conservatories are usually made out of three different material types: uPVC, timber or aluminium. Some conservatories have brickwork below the windows and most have glass roofs, although you can opt for a roof light instead. They don’t usually require planning permission provided they stick the limits and conditions set out in the regulations, for example a maximum of 3 metres extension from the rear wall of the property.


Usually built with brick walls and a glazed roof they are different from conservatories in that they usually have a flat perimeter decorated in fascia and less than 75% of the roof is glazed. Orangeries fall under the building regulations for conservatories and single storey extensions.

Single storey extension

These are quite commonly rear extensions but can sometimes be extensions added on top of a garage at the side of a house. They are often built to add a new kitchen, a dining room, a home office or a new bedroom. This type of extension does not need planning permission provided it meets the building regulations for single storey extensions.

Double storey extension

Two storey extensions are commonly side extensions built to create an extra bedroom or bathroom upstairs. Most often this type of house extension doesn’t require planning permission as long as it meets the permitted development building regulations, for example no part of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.

Side and rear extension

These are usually built by adding an extension to the side and rear moving both closer to their respective boundary’s. These are sometimes called an L-extension because of the shape of them. These provide a huge scope for development included remodelling your kitchen and dining area, creating a living room extension, or adding an additional bathroom and bedroom. These do require planning permission. So, the best way to avoid a refusal is to hire an architect who will have experience of planning policy. Decisions on planning applications can take up to 8 weeks.

If you would like to add extra space to your home for that extra bedroom or to make a larger kitchen please contact us online and complete our short questionnaire. We will be able to provide you with a quote for the work. If you would like some inspiration or to see some of our recently completed work head to our gallery.

Ivars Zonenbergs
Ivars Zonenbergs
As the Managing Director of IZ Livingly Homes Ivars is passionate about helping customers to turn their house into their dream home. With over 14 years in the industry you can have confidence that working with IZ Livingly Homes will be stress and hassle free, a pleasurable experience and always 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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